Business, Enterprise, Software Programs

Mark Hurd Joins Oracle as Co-President

Late Monday, Oracle announced that Mark Hurd joined the company as Co-President and has been named to Oracle’s Board of Directors. Hurd will report to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Hurd joins Safra Catz as co-presidents under Ellison. Charles Phillips, formerly co-president with Catz, announced his resignation from the company on Monday, September 6th. Ellison said: "When Charles approached me last December and expressed his desire to transition out of the company, I asked him to stay on through the Sun integration which has gone well. We will miss his talent and leadership, but I respect his decision." Earlier this year, Phillips acknowledged having an affair

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Business, Hardware

ARM and GlobalFoundries attack Intel Atom: 2.5+GHz Cortex-A9

Less than ten months ago, Jim Ballingall, VP of Marketing for GlobalFoundries sat with BSN* and showed a roadmap of their plans to build an ARM Cortex-A9 on a 28nm node. There were only three of us in the room as Ballingall went through a step-by-step process to reach that goal. That day, this BSN* writer was mildly skeptical of their roadmap. In March 2010, BSN*s Ed-in-Chief went to see GlobalFoundries in Dresden, Germany and saw 28nm wafers with test patterns. On Wednesday at GTC 2010, ARM and GlobalFoundries announced to an audience of nearly two thousand they had taped-out a qualification vehicle based on

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Business, Hardware

AMD Shows Next Gen Chips: Bulldozer and 1st and 2nd Generation Fusion

Chekib Akrout, senior VP of the AMD Technology Group, kicked off the first customer talk at GlobalFoundries’ ill-named GTC 2010 conference and told us more about their Llano Fusion technology. Then Akrout popped the first photo on the screen of a future "Orochi" die which will have eight cores. AMD 32nm Orochi Octo-Core die, Bulldozer Architecture Sorry for the poor image quality. Click on over to PC Perspective for better view of the die. Orochio will have eight cores, and four modules, all based on the Bulldozer architecture. This will be built on a 32nm HKMG node using 300mm SOI [Silicon-On-Insulator] wafers at Fab 1

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Business, Software Programs

Paul Allen Sues Silicon Valley Biggies, Skips Microsoft

On Friday, Interval Licensing, a Paul G. Allen company, claimed four patents have been infringed by big name defendants. The eleven named defendants are: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube, according to the suit. Noticeably absent from the list of computer biggies was Microsoft, which Allen co-founded in 1975 with Bill Gates, and where he remains a major shareholder. Allen and Interval say the named defendants are violating technology that was developed at Interval Research, a Palo Alto, California, lab and technology incubator venture that Allen and Xerox veteran David Liddle started in 1992 and closed in 2000.

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Business, Cloud Computing

Gmail Users Dial Over a Million Times in 24 hours

Let’s put that number into perspective. In February, Gmail was the number three web-based email service with slightly less than 11 percent of the market. Yahoo had 56.46 percent market share of US visits and MSN’s Windows Live Mail was number two at 19.14 percent. With nearly 175 million users, Google is pushing Gmail to become a direct competitor to FaceBook’s 500 million claimed users. Google wants to offer more and more features so the users do not jump over to another application. Gmail reaches 1,000,000 calls within 24hrs of launching its VoIP service FaceBook is the most visited website with Google solidly in second

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Cloud Computing, Entertainment

Google Adds New Voice Feature

On Wednesday, Google added a new calling feature to Gmail which allows users to dial phone numbers. I have been using their Gmail voice and video chat feature for nearly two years. That feature gives users an audio and visual experience online. Google is now competing with Skype, which has dominated the Internet phone service marketplace for nearly seven years. Google – Call phones from Gmail – Voice and Video Chat If you already have Google Voice, you can take advantage of features within the Gmail context, such as the ability to record phone calls, listen to users leaving a voice mail, or have incoming

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Hardware, Software Programs

Deaf Are Using Cell Phones

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have started testing new technology that allows deaf people to use video for facial recognition and American Sign Language (ASL). In the past, hearing impaired people were using mainly Short Message Service (SMS) to transmit brief text messages. Most people assume video works on most mobile smartphones in the US. However, the US is number 16 in the world for broadband bandwidth and transfer rate. In Sweden and Japan there is enough bandwidth to transmit full video of individuals speaking sign language to one another. Sprint?s new 4G WiMAX network transfer speeds with their HTC EVO allows video

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Business, Hardware

Notion Ink Adam Coming in November, Finally

Rohan Shravan has finally updated the Notion Ink blog and website shedding light on the hiatus. Shravan says: "I have always loved interacting with you, because I believe it is the first time in history when a product is made by not a firm but by masses." Technology of Notion Ink’s Adam BSN* has been in regular contact with Notion Ink. We have listened to the problems they had with delays of the final nVidia Tegra 2 chipset. Unfortunately, BSN* endured first-hand experiences with those promised Tegra 250 deliveries and multiple delays from nVidia. However, that is a story for another day. There were also

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Apple, Business, Companies

Verizon is Getting iPhones, Real Soon Now

Okay, we’ve heard these rumors about Verizon Wireless ever since the first iPhone dropped a call on the AT&T network. I’ll believe it when Steve jobs does one of his media-savvy presentations. Yesterday morning, the folks at Boy Genius Report claimed to have inside information about Verizon’s future Android offerings. We started checking our sources, and we agree about Verizon’s roadmap. Verizon and Motorola own the cell phone TV ads with DROID [How can you not like that robotic voice: ..ddrroooiiiddd]. From our Motorola sources, we have confirmation that besides today’s DROID and DROID X, Motorola will launch another DROID handset, probably called the Motorola

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Business, Hardware

Alleged Hanky Panky Ends HP CEO Tenure

On Friday, Hewlett-Packard CEO and Chairman of the Board, Mark Hurd resigned as a result of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him and HP by a former company contractor. HP took the high road, saying the investigation found "no violation of HP’s sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct." Whatever Hurd may have done might damage his ego, but not his wallet. He will receive a $12,224,693 severance payment in exchange for agreeing not to sue HP. That will prevent something like the litigation between Fujitsu and their ex-VP. Hurd has made nearly $100 million in

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Hardware, Software Programs

Navteq, the maps the auto industry uses

Virtually every major automobile manufacturer currently offering a navigation system in North America and Europe uses Navteq maps in one or more of their models. Since 2008, Navteq who has been an operating unit of Nokia, showed their latest digital-mapping system and 3D maps during CES 2010. With some 3D data now in hand, Navteq has started selling what it calls Enhanced 3D City Models shown in their promotional video. Cliff Fox, executive vice president of Navteq Maps said "customers will benefit though our ability to bring an increasing range of advanced data into our maps at a lower cost, particularly that which will support

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Hardware, Software Programs

Continental makes stuff besides tires

We all remember driving our sports cars on Continental tires. Did you know the same company now has plans for Android in the automotive industry? Yes, they are designing an application called AutoLinQ, which is a flexible automotive-grade hardware and software platform. With Continental?s AutoLinQ solution, drivers and passengers will be "Always On" and able to connect to what matters in their life. AutoLinQ is an open architecture capable of leveraging the Android Market Place, as well as other Internet ecosystems. Yes, you’ve read that correctly – Continental will bring apps to cars. Unlike some competitors that started announcing "apps on wheels" ever since iPhone

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Business

T-Mobile waives call charges to and from Haiti

Robert Dotson, president and CEO, T-Mobile USA, said: ?Our company and our employees care deeply for our customers, and we know that many customers have been directly impacted by the disaster in Haiti.? Additionally, T-Mobile has taken steps to assist with the restoration of the wireless communications infrastructure in Haiti ? a key component in supporting the overall humanitarian and recovery efforts. T-Mobile has pledged its support to donate wireless equipment, such as generators and phones. Response to the earthquake in Haiti is marking the emergence of texting as a major force in philanthropy, as Americans turn to their cell phones to donate millions of

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Business, Hardware

GlobalFoundries absorbs Chartered, the race is on

GlobalFoundries now has seven fabs and an eighth one under construction. They will compete against market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) ? which has approximately $10.4 billion in annual revenues ? as well as companies with their own in-house factories like Intel. The combined company employs approximately 10,000 people around the world, anchored by headquarters in Silicon Valley and advanced manufacturing operations in Singapore; Dresden, Germany; and a new leading-edge fab under construction in Saratoga County, New York. These sites are supported by a global network of R&D, design enablement, and customer support in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Germany, and the

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Business

GlobalFoundries knows how to party!

GlobalFoundries spoke with BSN* last week about their plans for 2010. They confirmed their $4.3 billion, Saratoga NY, Fab 8 is on schedule and will be shipping thousands of 300mm wafers with their 28nm ?Gate First? HKMG [high k metal gate] process in 2012.In case you wondered what is Fab 8, the answer is quite simple – after the acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor, GlobalFoundries now owns seven Fab facilities, with number eight being brought up in New York. With the new year, Malta facility got a new and hopefuly final name – Fab 8, New York The managers spoke with quiet confidence about Qualcomm’s announcement

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Entertainment, Graphics, Software Programs

Pixel Qi is alive at CES

Contrary to the rumors in the December issue of Wired magazine, Pixel QI (pronounced chee) is alive, and demonstrating at CES. John Ryan, VP of Marketing and Sales, said their customers have them under NDA (non-disclosure agreement) so he could not go on record and tell BSN* exactly which of a half-dozen companies were showing Pixel Qi displays behind locked doors at CES. Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen, Pixel Qi’s Founder and CEO, sat down with BSN* and explained how she and Ryan developed the world’s first fabless LCD company. Their original goal was a new class of display screens that uses standard LCD manufacturing materials

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Business, Hardware

Shuttle announces laptop independence

Today, if your notebook dies, you are faced with the dilemma that no two notebook motherboards are the same. That immediately raises the cost of getting your notebook fixed. Today at CES, Shuttle announced a solution ?  their notebook motherboard standards. Shuttle’s open notebook platform Shuttle’s true standardization is based on their notebook ecosystem which features two products: the SPA and Micro SPA. They are designed to offer clients a complete line up from entry-level through top-of-the-line notebooks. The SPA series motherboards are meant for mainstream notebooks from 13.3 inch display screens up to 22 inch display screens. The SPA features power-saving integrated graphics or

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Business, Hardware

Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus are now on Verizon

On New Year?s Eve, BSN* set the mobile world on its ear by announcing that the latest Palm Pre would have its Verizon coming out party at CES 2010. Frequently, the rest of the computer news world wonders where BSN* writers get their information. Well, it simply takes paying attention to details and asking good questions. Palm Pre Plus & Pixi on Verizon – coming on January 25, 2010 Today, Verizon Wireless and Palm "officially" announced what BSN* knew all the time: as of January 25, the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will be on the Verizon network. Palm Chairman and Chief Executive Jon Rubinstein

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Business, Graphics, Hardware

Marvell reacts to nVidia Tegra, announces Quad-Core ARM

Marvel announced at CES the first "official" quadruple processor on the ARM instruction set. We saw the ARM Quad-processor prototype at ConTech 3 in October. The first edition quadruple processor was built on 90nm silicon running at 400MHz. ARM demonstrated Windows Mobile Office running on it. BSN* has exclusive video, showing ARM’s prototype 90nm motherboard with LCD’s tied to each core. As they are processing, the LCD is turned on or off. Early in the fall, ARM announced a new packaging for dual Cortex-A9 MP on 40nm silicon for shipment in Spring 2010. Next, ARM announced a strategic relationship with GlobalFoundries for an SOC [system on chip].

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Business, Hardware

Why the FTC lawsuit against Intel has substance

We have been following the Intel litigation trail for many years. Along the way, there have been many rumors about Intel using strong arm tactics to maintain their monopoly. Wednesday?s FTC suit raises the rumor of Intel manipulating their compiler design to the level of a legal accusation. Every hardware manufacturer wants their products to be seen as leading edge and having the highest performance. Problems arise when the chip manufacturers develop their software so it will only work with their products. Nvidia is famous for their CUDA [Compute Unified Device Architecture] "parallel computing architecture" [if we avoid marketing speak, C language with proprietary GPU-accelerating

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